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Balsam Poplar Essential Oil

Populus balsamifera

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Great for skin/wound healing. Anti-histamine - alternative to Germ. Chamomile.

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Essential Facts

Notes & Use

Traditional Use of Balsam Poplar

The essential oil is extracted from the strongly aromatic buds, hairless and resinous. The collection is labor intensive and the yield is quite low for the essential oil. Balsam Poplar essential oil is also known as Balm Of Gilead, Balm Poplar, Black Poplar and Tacamahac.
Balsam Poplar essential oil has been recommended for bruises, sprains, and strains, sore muscles and skin injuries.  Balsam Poplar essential oil is also known for its scar reducing and wound healing effects. Balsam Poplar has been effective in helping eczema when blended in a salve of St. John's Wort .
Balsam Poplar has been known to have a very strong anti-inflammatory effect.  This is because of the oil's α-bisabolol concentration.  It is also a wonderful analgesic and antispasmodic. It also known to reduce tension.
The buds themselves, infused in oil, have been used by Native American Medicine Men and Women for eons
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Safety Etc.

Safety Information for Balsam Poplar

According to Tisserand & Young, Balsam Poplar essential oil may pose a risk to those on medications that are metabolized by the enzyme CYP2D6.


Tisserand & Young Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition Churchill Livingstone Elsevier. Edinburg 2014 
Mojay, Gabriel. Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, Healing Arts Press, Rochester, VT 1997
Battaglia, S. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, 2nd Edition.  Queensland, Aust. 2003


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